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Biochem Cell Biol ; 99(5): 596-605, 2021 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34469206


NLRP3 and PPARγ play important roles in the development of atherosclerosis (AS). Studies have shown that PPARγ regulates the expression of NLRP3 in vascular diseases. In addition, the adipocyte factor CTRP6 can improve the activation of PPARγ in vascular diseases. However, the regulatory relationship between CTRP6, PPARγ, and NLRP3 in AS and its underlying mechanism have not been reported. Since proliferation, migration, and dedifferentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are key events in AS, in this study, we induced proliferation, migration, and dedifferentiation of VSCMs through homocysteine (HCY) to detect the specific effects of CTRP6, PPARγ, and NLRP3. Subsequently, CTRP6 was overexpressed and the PPARγ inhibitor GW9662 and agonist rosiglitazone were administered to HCY-induced VSCMs to investigate the mechanisms. The results show that the expression of CTRP6 decreased in HCY-induced VSMCs. In addition, CTRP6 overexpression inhibited the proliferation and migration of HCY-induced VSMCs, as well as cell cycle acceleration and dedifferentiation. Overexpression of CTRP6 increased HCY-induced PPARγ expression and inhibited NLRP3 expression. The addition of GW9662 and rosiglitazone further demonstrated that overexpression of CTRP6 inhibited HCY-induced VSMC proliferation, migration, and dedifferentiation through PPARγ/NLRP3 signaling. In conclusion, CTRP6 inhibited HCY-induced proliferation, migration, and dedifferentiation of VSMCs through PPARγ/NLRP3.

J Diabetes ; 13(11): 857-867, 2021 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33710784


BACKGROUND: Parity, pregnancy loss, and breastfeeding duration were found to be associated with diabetes. However, the results are inconsistent. Also, no epidemiological studies have examined the association of these reproductive factors with diabetes in the same large population. We aim to investigate the associations between parity, pregnancy loss, breastfeeding duration, and the risk of maternal diabetes in middle-aged and elderly Chinese females. METHODS: We included 131 174 females aged ≥40 years from the REACTION study (Risk Evaluation of Cancers in Chinese Diabetic Individuals: A Longitudinal Study). Multivariable linear regression and logistic regression were used to assess the association between parity, pregnancy loss, and breastfeeding duration and type 2 diabetes. RESULTS: The number of parities and breastfeeding duration were positively related to fasting plasma glucose, 2-hour postload glucose, glycosylated hemoglobin, and homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance. Compared with those with one birth, nulliparous women or women with 2 or ≥3 births had a significantly increased risk of diabetes. The odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were 1.27 (1.10-1.48), 1.17 (1.12-1.22), and 1.28 (1.21-1.35), respectively. Compared with women without pregnancy loss, those who underwent 2 (OR 1.09; 95% CI, 1.04-1.14) or ≥3 pregnancy losses (OR 1.11; 95% CI, 1.04-1.18) had an increased risk of diabetes. Moreover, women with a breastfeeding duration ≥0 to 6 months (OR 0.82; 95% CI, 0.75-0.90) and ≥6 to 12 months (OR 0.94; 95% CI, 0.89-0.99) had a significantly lower risk of diabetes. CONCLUSIONS: Nulliparous women or women with multiparity or more than one pregnancy loss have an increased risk of diabetes in later life, while women who breastfeed more than 0 to 12 months have a lower risk of diabetes.

Mediators Inflamm ; 2021: 6679095, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33510582


This study is aimed at establishing the prevalence of osteoporosis and osteopenia in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) and determining the risk factors for bone mass loss. We invited KTRs who were under regular follow-up at Jiangxi Provincial People's Hospital Affiliated with Nanchang University to attend an assessment of osteoporotic risk assessed by questionnaire, biochemical profile, and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanning of the lumbar spine, total hip, and femoral neck. Binary logistic regression models were used to investigate the relationship between the different variables and bone mass density (BMD). A total of 216 patients satisfied the inclusion criteria. The group consisted of 156 men (72.22%) and 60 women (27.78%), and the mean age was 41.50 ± 9.98 years. There were 81 patients with normal bone mass (37.50%) and 135 patients with bone mass loss (62.50%). Logistic regression analysis showed that a higher phosphorus value and higher alkaline phosphatase concentration and a longer use of glucocorticoids were risk factors for bone mass loss in KTRs, and maintaining an appropriate weight and exercising an appropriate number of times per week helped to maintain bone mass.

Osso e Ossos/metabolismo , Transplante de Rim , Transplantados , Absorciometria de Fóton , Adulto , Densidade Óssea , Doenças Ósseas Metabólicas/complicações , Estudos Transversais , Feminino , Colo do Fêmur/metabolismo , Humanos , Imunossupressores/uso terapêutico , Vértebras Lombares/metabolismo , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Osteoporose/complicações , Análise de Regressão
Am J Bot ; 97(1): 49-58, 2010 Jan.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-21622366


In this paper, we describe the complete chloroplast genome of Lolium arundinaceum. This sequence is the culmination of a long-term project completed by >400 undergraduates who took general genetics at Middle Tennessee State University from 2004-2007. It was undertaken in an attempt to introduce these students to an open-ended experiential/exploratory lesson to produce and analyze novel data. The data they produced should provide the necessary information for both phylogenetic comparisons and plastome engineering of tall fescue. The fescue plastome (GenBank FJ466687) is 136048 bp with a typical quadripartite structure and a gene order similar to other grasses; 56% of the plastome is coding region comprised of 75 protein-coding genes, 29 tRNAs, four rRNAs, and one hypothetical coding region (ycf). Comparisons of Poaceae plastomes reveal size differences between the PACC (subfamilies Panicoideae, Arundinoideae, Centothecoideae, and Chloridoideae) and BOP (subfamilies Bambusoideae, Oryzoideae, and Pooideae) clades. Alignment analysis suggests that several potentially conserved large deletions in previously identified intergenic length polymorphic regions are responsible for the majority of the size discrepancy. Phylogenetic analysis using whole plastome data suggests that fescue closely aligns with Lolium perenne. Some unique features as well as phylogenetic branch length calculations, however, suggest that a number of changes have occurred since these species diverged.

Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban ; 34(12): 1243-50, 2009 Dec.
Artigo em Chinês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-20045921


OBJECTIVE: To detect the expression of vascular endotheilal growth factor (VEGF), stromal cell-derived factor-1alpha (SDF-1alpha), and its receptor CXCR-4 in the retinopathy of diabetic rats, and to explore the relationship between those factors and diabetic-retinopathy (DR). METHODS: Diabetes was induced in 40 rats with a single intraperitional injection of streptozotocin(STZ). Experimental rats were randomly divided into M1 (diabetic for 1 month), M3 (diabetic for 3 months), and M5 (diabetic for 5 months) groups, and another 10 rats served as a normal control group (NC). Retinal vascular status was observed by transmission electron microscope. After retinal stretched preparation, VEGF, SDF-1alpha and CXCR-4 immunohistochemistry were done. Retinal VEGF, SDF-1alpha, and CXCR-4 mRNA were detected by semi-quantitative RT-PCR. Protein expression was measured by Western blot. RESULTS: Under transmission electron microscope, change in vascular status was found in M1 to M5 groups, but not in the NC group. The changes became increasingly serious with the prolongation of the disease. By immunohistochemistry, we found the expression of VEGF, SDF-1alpha, and CXCR-4 on the retina increased gradually. It increased after injecting STZ for 1 month and increased significantly after 5 months. VEGF, SDF-1alpha, and CXCR-4 mRNA expression increased obviously after injecting STZ for 1 month and increased significantly after 5 months. Western blot showed that protein of VEGF, SDF-1alpha, and CXCR-4 had no change after injecting STZ for 1 month. It began to increase in the M3 group and increased most in the M5 group. CONCLUSION: The expression of VEGF, SDF-1alpha, and CXCR-4 on the retina in retinopathy of diabetic rats increases gradually with the prolongation of the disease. It is an important factor for diabetic retinopathy.

Quimiocina CXCL12/metabolismo , Retinopatia Diabética/metabolismo , Receptores CXCR4/metabolismo , Fator A de Crescimento do Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo , Animais , Biomarcadores , Quimiocina CXCL12/genética , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/complicações , Diabetes Mellitus Experimental/metabolismo , Masculino , RNA Mensageiro/genética , RNA Mensageiro/metabolismo , Distribuição Aleatória , Ratos , Ratos Sprague-Dawley , Receptores CXCR4/genética , Retina/metabolismo , Fator A de Crescimento do Endotélio Vascular/genética